Do men and women want to travel to the same places? Are we seeking the same experiences? Or does our gender have an impact on our travel choices?
Where and why we choose to travel is impacting by so many things, but gender (perhaps surprisingly) is one of the biggest contenders of all. A recent survey by Hitlist has shown that our sex has a lot to do with where we wander.
Women seek safe destinations
The Hitlist survey shows that women are far more interested in travelling to Europe than men. To be exact, 60% of women put Europe at the top of their bucket list compared to 20% of men. Why? Because it’s safe. Iceland, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland and Ireland – all of these are in the top 10 places for women to travel in 2017, and all are in Europe. Places such as Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia are also up there as some of the safest destinations to travel to, particularly if you’re travelling solo. Men on the other hand seem to prefer traveling to regions such as Asia, with 40% choosing to travel here compared to just 5% of women.
Men are drawn to sporty destinations
Of course women love sports too but it seems to be a driving factor in mens travel choices. Countries such as Brazil, Germany and Portugal all popped up in the male go-to destinations list and we’re guessing it’s not a coincidence that these are three of the top-ranking football teams in the world. Whether it’s going to watch a match or just subconsciously being influenced by a country due to its sporting culture, there is most certainly a pattern here.
Women are looking for culturally rich destinations
Men may be drawn to the experiences they’re used to watching on the small screen, but women are more inclined to travel to culturally rich destinations, which also just so happen to feature regularly on the big screen. Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain are all up there in the female travel list; countries that are known for authentic food, arts, scenery and sights, not to mention quieter and more care free ways of living.
Men are looking for more of a buzz
The larger cities such as Toronto, Hong Kong and New York tend to attract men who are chasing the buzz. Think fast paced party cities, technologically advanced architecture and modern metropolitan hubs. There may be a little less history to some of these destinations but innovative design and a constant go-hard culture seems to hold some major man appeal.